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The Great Davis Bertans Conundrum

As the NBA’s Feb. 6 trade deadline approaches, the Washington Wizards face a dilemma with sharpshooter Davis Bertans. The 27-year-old is quickly developing into one of the league’s most valuable role players, but he’s also on a $7 million expiring contract. That puts the Wizards in a tricky spot, as they would risk losing him…

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NBA Film Study: Where Siakam, Fultz & Towns Dominate

For as much as I love to talk about schemes and tactics of team offense and defense, the game really comes down to individuals making winning plays. Guys have to score the basketball, but the best teams and individual defenders find ways to take away strong suits of their opponents. The best scorers have counter…

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How Spencer Dinwiddie is Carrying Brooklyn Nets Offense

It’s been a couple of years since Spencer Dinwiddie proved the skeptics wrong and established himself as a valuable standout for the Brooklyn Nets. This season, he’s proving nearly everyone wrong again. Kenny Atkinson’s much-hyped, new-look squad got off to a rocky start this fall. A three-game skid in mid-November sank Brooklyn to 4-7, then…

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Don’t Overlook Eric Paschall’s Unforgettable Rookie Season

The Golden State Warriors have done it again. They managed to turn another second-round pick into a needed rotation piece. Following in the footsteps of Draymond Green, Eric Paschall has become the latest underrated gem the team has found. He was overlooked by all 30 teams on draft night but finally came off the board…

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Breaking Down Kristaps Porzingis’ Roller-Coaster Start With Dallas Mavericks

Shock and excitement swept the NBA world when the Dallas Mavericks traded for Kristaps Porzingis in January of 2019. Mavs die-hards, European hoops enthusiasts and all fans of dynamic basketball immediately dreamt of Porzingis forming a lethal partnership with rising star Luka Doncic and head coach Rick Carlisle. Fast forward to today, and Porzingis’ first…

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NBA Film Study: The Masterful Footwork of Trae Young & Luka Doncic

For better or for worse, Trae Young and Luka Doncic are eternally bound. During the 2018 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks made a pick swap that essentially sent Doncic to the Mavs and Trae to the Hawks. Both are playing like All-Stars and vaulting their offenses to high-caliber levels. We’re not getting…

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Jonathan Isaac Has Golden Opportunity for Injury-Riddled Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic were incredibly lucky in terms of health last season. Their top six rotation players—Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, Nikola Vucevic, D.J. Augustin, Jonathan Isaac and Terrence Ross—combined to miss only 16 games. They rode that good fortune to a 42-40 record and their first playoff berth in seven seasons. They’ve been far less…

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Here’s How Luka Doncic Can Win NBA MVP

The Western Conference has proven to truly be the Wild West this season. Outside of the Los Angeles Lakers (17-3) and the Golden State Warriors (4-17), the bulk of the conference is separated by about six games. The Dallas Mavericks have especially surprised to begin the year: They are 13-6 and currently are tied for…

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Grading Top NBA Rookies in Every Key Category

The NBA’s 2019-20 rookie class has no shortage of electrifying skill and intriguing potential. Even with Zion Williamson absent, several rising stars have stepped up to impress. While marquee names like R.J. Barrett and Ja Morant are shouldering the load for their rebuilding squads, some lesser-known rooks have also shattered expectations this season. For example,…

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